Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dagger typically having a slender three- or four-sided blade.
  • transitive verb To stab with such a dagger.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stabbing-weapon; a dagger: applied to any such weapon, without reference to shape or make.
  • To stab with or as with a poniard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of dagger, -- usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade.
  • transitive verb To pierce with a poniard; to stab.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
  • verb To stab with a poniard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a dagger with a slender blade
  • verb stab with a poniard

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French poignard, from poing, fist, from Old French, from Latin pugnus; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French poignard, from poing ("fist"), from Old French, from Latin pūgnus ("fist"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peuk-.

Examples

    Sorry, no example sentences found.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • She snatched her poniard,

    And, ere we could prevent the fatal blow,

    Plunged it within her breast; then turned to me:

    Go, bear my lord, said she, my last farewell;

    And ask him, if he yet suspect my faith.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009

  • "Too many things were happening at once. Quentin's stomach clenched when he realized an elf had singled Alice out and was advancing across the dry basin toward her, twirling a long straight knife—were they called poniards?—in each hand."

    The Magicians by Lev Grossman, p 328

    October 14, 2009